The Long Run was a great listen. The narrator sounded like he could have authored the story - a rough New Yorker with some soft spots on the inside. I guess this enhanced the listen, but sometimes it was kind of distracting. Moments when it was especially distracting included anytime the author talked about his childhood and how his parents made it work with very little at times. The narrator makes the story sound exaggerated at times and the story really speaks for itself.
This book was uplifting and heartbreaking and then uplifting again. I've never, so badly, wanted the best for a complete stranger. Long seems like the kind of guy everyone loves, and there are moments in his story where you really empathize with not only his physical struggle to recovery, but the emotional, and social recovery too.
My only complaint with the story was that the author gets a little political, and I don't much agree with his politics. It could be frustrating when he would lay it on thick, but any political side comments were at least short.
I listened to this book while training for a marathon and it really inspired me to push myself and be thankful for the body and abilities I have. That's probably my biggest takeaway from the read - our bodies are amazing and we should be taking advantage of that every day.
Great listen for any one athlete. Or anyone that wants to be one.
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